Dru Kuxhausen

Chadron State guard Dru Kuxhausen holds off a Colorado Mesa defender during Friday night’s game in the Chicoine Center. Kuxhausen scored 27 points after missing the previous four games because of injury and illness. He also scored 20 points on Saturday night.

Photo by Con Marshall

Both of the Chadron State men’s basketball team’s visitors “shot the lights out” last weekend while romping past the Eagles in RMAC games in the Chicoine Center.

Colorado Mesa hit 56.1 percent (37-66) from the field, including 10-of-24 from 3-point range, during a 90-71 triumph Friday night, but Western State was even hotter the next night. The Mountaineers made exactly the same number of field goals and treys, but used fewer shots to tally their 84 points from the field.

Western fired in 67.3 percent of its 55 shots and was 10 of 19 from behind the arc. The Mountaineers also canned 12 of 13 of their free throws and won 96-72. Mesa made only six of its 14 charity tosses.

Western’s shooting percentage apparently is the second highest ever against the Eagles, topped only by the University of Southern Colorado (now Colorado State-Pueblo), which sank 34 of 50 from field during a 90-64 victory at home on Jan. 6, 2001.

No matter, Chadron State was overmatched in both of the weekend game. Both rivals used their height advantage in the front line to shoot over the Eagles in the paint and also had guards who could hit the bull’s-eye from long range during their trip to Nebraska.

CSC opened with the hot hand against Mesa, making five of its first seven shots, including a pair of 3-pointers by hometown favorite Vonsinh Sayaloune, to own a 12-7 lead in the first 4:16. But the Mavericks were ahead 20-12 before the Eagles scored again and Mesa led 44-30 at halftime.

Mesa tallied 46 points in the second half, when it shot 56 percent from the field. The Mavs’ one-two punch of 6-4 Emilio Acedo and 6-6 Connor Nichols, both juniors averaging 17 points a game, tallied 23 and 22 versus the Eagles. They combined to nail 19 of 25 shots from the field.

Point guard Brandon Hoffer, also a junior, handed out nine assists for the Mavs.

CSC freshman Dru Kuxhausen came off the bench after missing the previous four games because of injury and illness, led all scorers with 27 points, 18 of them in the second half. Junior forward Jeremy Ruffin added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Western State, which had shot 44.4 percent during an 87-75 loss at Regis on Friday night, seemingly couldn’t miss against the Eagles, particularly when the starters were on the floor.

Four of the Mountaineers combined to mesh 27 of 32 shots from the field, led by jump shot marksman Collin Smith, a 6-6 senior. Smith was 10 of 12 enroute to scoring 25 points. Brady Subart, a 6-3 junior, was seven of 10 from the field and also canned nine of 10 free throws for 23 points.

The Eagles also shot well—52 percent, hitting 27 of 52 attempts—but lagged on the scoreboard by at least 17 points and once by as many as 31 after intermission.

Kuxhausen again paced the Eagles with 20 points. Matt Reader scored 12 and Jaisean Jackson, Walker Andrew and Ruffin each added 11.

Colorado Mesa 90, CSC 71

Colorado Mesa—Emilio Acedo 23, Connor Nichols 22, Damon Dubots 12, Brandon Hoffer 9, CJ Davis 8, Kolton Peterson 7, Ludvig Saldh 4, Filip Nowicki 2, Ridge Droskin 2, Colin Rardin 1. Totals: 36-77 (10-24) 6-14 90 points, 39 rebounds, 10 turnovers.

Chadron State—Dru Kuxhausern 27, Jeremy Ruffin 12, Jaisean Jackson 9, Vonsinh Sayaloune 9, Andrew Walker 8, Matt Reader 6. Totals: 26-68 (6-29) 13-16 71 points, 38 rebounds, 12 turnovers.

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Colorado Mesa 44 46 ----90

Chadron State 30 41 ----71

3-pointers: Mesa—Acedo 4, Davis 2, Hoffer, Nichols, Peterson, Saldh, all 1. CSC—Sayaloune 3, Kuxhausen 3.

Western State 95, CSC 72

Western State—Collin Smith 25, Brady Subart 23, Braden Cosby-Lee 13, Ben Beauchamp 10, Quincy Harding 8, Jake Wilcox 6, Zach Madlom 3, Monroe Porter 2, Will Dugan 2, Michael Hill 2, Adam Hinchcliffe 2. Totals: 37-55 (10-19) 12-13 96 points, 22 rebounds, 10 turnovers.

Chadron State—Dru Kuxhausen 20, Matt Reader 12, Jaisean Jackson 11, Jeremy Ruffin 11, Walker Andrew 11, Leigh Saffin 4, Vonsinh Sayaloune 3. Totals: 27-52 (3-14) 15-24 72 points, 25 rebounds, 15 turnovers.

Western State 48 48 ----96

Chadron State 29 43 ----72

3-pointers: WSC—Smith 5, Wilcox 2, Beauchamp, Madlom, Harding, all 1. CSC—Kuxhausen 2, Sayaloune 1.

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